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2016 Ball State Football Recruiting: Drew O'Bryan and Chris Beech Commit To Cardinals

The Cardinals had a huge weekend on the recruiting trail.

Chris Beech
Chris Beech
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I don't know about you, but Pete Lembo and the Ball State coaching staff had a pretty solid weekend. The party started on Friday when class of 2016 prospect Drew O'Bryan decided to verbally commit to the Cardinals.

O'Bryan, a 6'3 230-pound linebacker from Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland, Kentucky made more than one trip to the Muncie, Indiana campus during the process, but had to improve his grades before the Cardinals staff felt comfortable enough to offer him a scholarship. After working hard and doing what he needed to do in the classroom, it only took Drew less than a month to accept his scholarship to play college football for Ball State.

While Ball State might have been his only offer on the table, O'Bryan was receiving quite a bit of interest from programs such as Ohio, Marshall, and Western Kentucky before he made the choice to end his recruitment.

Ending the weekend on a high note, Ball State added a pledge from offensive lineman Chris Beech on Sunday evening.

"I just think it was a good fit there and the coaches have been wanting me since day one. I also felt comfortable at the campus when I went there." The 6'2 280-pound Beech stated to Hustle Belt as a few of the reasons why he chose the Cardinals over scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Army and Navy.

"I Believe coach Lembo is an amazing coach. I think he is doing some amazing things there. Ofensive line Coach Strollo is the best there is and I think I'll do great under him." He added.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Beech, a two-star prospect from Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio is currently ranked the 14th center, and 1,880th overall recruit in the class of 2016.

With O'Bryan and Beech now in the class the Cardinals are currently sitting at six verbal commitments. See what Beech will add to the Ball State roster with these highlights, courtesy of Hudl: